Programme 2016

Crime and Wine with David Thorne and Clare Mackintosh

David Thorne started his working life in advertising and then moved to writing comedy sketches, gags and scripts for the BBC and Channel Four. In 2010 he moved to Essex and was immediately inspired to write East of Innocence. ‘Whatever you read about Essex, the reality is bigger, louder and more in-your-face. With Range Rovers!’ Daniel Connell the protagonist in David’s hugely acclaimed trilogy could never have existed anywhere else!


Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and now writes full time. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. Clare’s next book, I See You, will be published in July 2016.

STOP PRESS! Clare’s book I Let You Go has won the Theakston’s Best Crime Novel of the Year award!

An evening with Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world’s leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.

Judith is an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV’s Antiques Trail, and Discovery’s It’s Your Bid. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques, House & Garden and the Daily Telegraph.

After her presentation, Judith will value a selection of antiques and collectables from the audience and sign copies of her latest book Art Deco: The Glamour of the Jazz Age.

Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch with Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas has written twenty-two novels and a travel book, drawing widely on her travel experiences.

A keen adventurer for pleasure as well as research, she has climbed in the Alps and Himalayas, driven halfway around the world in a competitive car rally, lived and worked on a tiny research station in Antarctica and explored in Ladakh, Kashmir and Central Asia.

Her latest novel Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists and is set in London after the Great War, when the hard-won freedoms of women were once more in doubt and Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies.

“Afternoon Tea” with Julie Summers.

Julie Summers is the author of eleven works of non-fiction, including the best-selling book Jambusters which inspired the ITV drama series Home Fires. Julie’s first book Fearless on Everest was published in 2000 and was followed by The Colonel of Tamarkan in 2005, a biography of Brigadier Sir Philip Toosey the true architect of the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Since then she has been exploring the impact of the Second World War on people’s lives, with particular focus on women on the Home Front. Stranger in the House looked at how women coped when the men came home from the war, while When the Children Came Home examined the impact of evacuation on family life in the war’s aftermath. Jambusters celebrates the extraordinary work of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War and last year she published Fashion on the Ration which was selected as one of The Times history books of 2015. The book accompanied an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum which opened this Spring.